Press Release

GE Medical Systems and EMC Deliver Integrated Healthcare Solutions

Medical Imaging Leader to Offer Full Line of EMC's Leading Networked Storage Systems and Software

Milwaukee, WI and Hopkinton,, Monday, March 17, 2003 - 

GE Medical Systems, a unit of the General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), and EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information storage, today announced that several leading healthcare organizations have adopted an integrated healthcare solution utilizing technology from both companies. A global reseller agreement between the companies now enables GE to offer the full-range of EMC networked storage systems and software to healthcare customers.

Under the agreement, EMC becomes a primary provider of automated networked storage systems and software for GE Medical Systems. GE will offer EMC's Symmetrix®, CLARiiON® and Celerra networked storage systems and software, including EMC ControlCenter and PowerPath, as part of its Enterprise Image Management Solution. This technology includes GE's Centricity Radiology and Centricity Cardiology systems, which provide advanced workflow solutions for various care areas with a common infrastructure for data storage and image distribution.

Among the healthcare facilities that will benefit from this advanced, enterprise image management solution include:

  • UCLA Medical Center
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Princeton Medical Center
  • Alliance Community Hospital

GE has also integrated its Centricity Enterprise Archive with EMC's Centera content addressed storage systems (CAS). GE's Centricty Enterprise Archive technology securely stores massive volumes of patient images from various care areas across a healthcare enterprise no matter where they were generated or what system was used to capture the data. The completely standards-based, Enterprise Archive provides a scalable, DICOM environment for storing radiology and cardiology images across multiple locations and with PACS technology from multiple vendors.

Additionally, GE will be offering healthcare professionals a business continuity solution for data back-up based on EMC automated networked storage and software.

"The healthcare community is undergoing a digital revolution and is changing the way it gathers and shares information and we are leading the way," said Greg Lucier, president and CEO of GE Medical Systems Information Technologies. "This relationship with EMC is groundbreaking for what it means to GE and what it can mean for healthcare providers and their patients. We are able to quickly incorporate the industry's leading storage technology into our applications. Healthcare professionals can now better manage, share and protect their rapidly growing digital image archives, and they are able to access that information quicker, which ultimately translates into improved patient care."

Joe Tucci, EMC President and CEO, said, "Today's healthcare systems are generating enormous quantities of digital patient information that must be accessed by physicians when they need it in order to make critical treatment decisions. Because GE is a leader in developing and deploying advanced imaging applications, this relationship is a natural fit for EMC. This is a comprehensive relationship that will help healthcare organizations embrace a fully digital environment."

"There is currently a serious challenge in the healthcare environment of managing an explosion of data being generated by new diagnostic imaging devices," said Vishal Wanchoo, vice president of Imaging and Information Systems for GE Medical Systems Information Technologies. "Together with EMC's Centera and GE's Centricity Enterprise Archive technology, we can provide a single solution to enterprise image management," added Wanchoo.

About GE Medical Systems Information Technologies

GE Medical Systems Information Technologies provides hospitals and healthcare systems with advanced solutions to improve their clinical performance. The Company's expertise spans the areas of cardiology, patient monitoring, image management, clinical communications, clinical information systems and Six Sigma-based management tools to enable a real-time, integrated electronic medical record. GE Medical Systems Information Technologies is a business of GE Medical Systems, a $9 billion global leader in medical imaging and technology. Additional information about GE Medical Systems can be found at gemedical.com.

About EMC

EMC Corporation is the world leader in information storage systems, software, networks and services, providing automated networked storage solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to better and more cost-effectively manage, protect and share their information. More information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com.

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